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Not a bad bonus (not a bad consolation prize either)11.30.09

Major League Baseball has announced the player shares for the 2009 postseason. Except for situations like Nick Adenhart, the names of players who get a full or partial shares are not released.

A full postseason share for the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees totaled a record $365,052.73, while a full share for the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies amounted to $265,357.50, Major League Baseball announced today. The record full share for the World Series Champion Yankees eclipsed the previous mark of $362,173.07 per full share for the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the American League Championship Series runners-up, voted a full share for the estate of Nick Adenhart.

The players’ pool, formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship series and the World Series, was divided among 12 clubs: the World Series participants, the League Championship Series and Division Series runners-up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.

The club-by-club breakdown follows:

World Series Champions
New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $21,266,321.79; value of each full share: $365,052.73) – The Yankees awarded 46 full shares, 12.25 partial shares and 2 cash awards.

National League Champions
Philadelphia Phillies (Share of Players’ Pool: $14,177,547.86; value of each full share: $265,357.50) – The Phillies awarded 45 full shares, 8.35 partial shares and 3 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Share of Players’ Pool: $7,088,773.93; value of each full share: $138,038.51) – The Angels awarded 43 full shares, 7.995 partial shares and 14 cash awards.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $7,088,773.93; value of each full share: $102,619.91) – The Dodgers awarded 59 full shares, 10 partial shares and 4 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up
Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,772,193.48; value of each full share: $28,263.28) – The Red Sox awarded 42 full shares, 17.839 partial shares and 64 cash awards.
Colorado Rockies (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,772,193.48; value of each full share: $32,141.43) – The Rockies awarded 41 full shares, 14.075 partial shares and 1 cash award.
Minnesota Twins (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,772,193.48; value of each full share: $37,993.26) – The Twins awarded 38 full shares, 7.5 partial shares and 20 cash awards.
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,772,193.48; value of each full share: $29,446.60) – The Cardinals awarded 48 full shares, 10.18 partial shares and 10 cash awards.

Second-Place Finishers (Non-Wild Card Clubs)
Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $590,731.16; value of each full share: $8,261.97) – The Cubs awarded 58 full shares and 13.5 partial shares.
Detroit Tigers (Share of Players’ Pool: $590,731.16; value of each full share: $11,137.62) – The Tigers awarded 42 full shares, 9.33 partial shares and 11 cash awards.
Florida Marlins (Share of Players’ Pool: $590,731.16; value of each full share: $10,424.45) – The Marlins awarded 49 full shares, 7.28 partial shares and 7 cash awards.
Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $590,731.16; value of each full share: $9,276.38) – The Rangers awarded 58 full shares, 5.25 partial shares and 4 cash awards.

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Cashman: “Nothing new in our baseball world”11.30.09

I talked very briefly with Brian Cashman this afternoon. For the most part, the news is that there is no news, but the Yankees general manager did have a good line about Derek Jeter being named Sportsman of the Year.

“We’re real fortunate to have him, we really are,” Cashman said. “Every now and then you get lucky and come across someone who makes you better in every way. He’s that kind of person.”

• Cashman is meeting with ownership at the end of the week. That’s when things like payroll will be determined. Until then, there’s not much to report. “There is nothing new in our baseball world right now,” Cashman said.
• Tomorrow is the deadline to offer arbitration to free agents, but Cashman wouldn’t say one way or another whether the Yankees will make an offer to any of their players.  “We’ll just make an announcement,” he said.
• I wrote last night that I wasn’t sure whether the Freddy Guzman trade had been finalized. Cashman said the Yankees sent Baltimore $50,000 — the price of a Rule 5 pick — to complete the deal.
• The Yankees haven’t decided who gets a World Series ring and who doesn’t. I asked because I’m curious about Steven Jackson, who was called up to New York but never actually pitched in a game.

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Yankees spring training schedule announced11.30.09

Here’s the press release:

The 2009 World Champion New York Yankees announced today they will open their 2010 Major League spring training schedule on Wednesday, March 3 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.

In addition, the Yankees announced that ticket prices for 2010 spring training games at George M. Steinbrenner Field will remain the same as last season, marking the second straight year the Yankees have carried over the same prices from the previous spring.

The Yankees will play a 33-game Grapefruit League schedule that will include 16 home games. In addition, the Yankees will play a home exhibition game against their minor league stars in their spring training finale on Saturday, April 3, at George M. Steinbrenner Field, in which all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative championship ring.

Included in the Yankees’ home exhibition games are six night contests (7:05 p.m. start time) on Thursday, March 11 vs. Atlanta; Tuesday, March 16 vs. Houston; Thursday, March 18 vs. Tampa Bay; Wednesday, March 24 vs. Washington; Friday, March 26 vs. Philadelphia; and Tuesday March 30 vs. Toronto.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 17, with the first workout scheduled for Thursday, February 18. The Yankees’ first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.

This will be the Yankees’ 15th spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The complex was renamed for the Yankees’ Chairman on March 27, 2008, following two unanimous resolutions supporting the change issued by the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council. The resolutions cited Mr. Steinbrenner’s many charitable donations to youth activities, hospitals and the arts and recognized his numerous extraordinary contributions to the area.

Season tickets for the Yankees’ 2010 home exhibition schedule will go on sale at the beginning of December. Individual-game spring tickets will go on sale in January. For information, fans should call (813) 879-2244 or visit or

(All times are Eastern and subject to change. ss=Split Squad)

Date Opponent/Location Time

Wed., Mar. 3 PITTSBURGH 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 4 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 5 TAMPA BAY 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 TORONTO 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 7 Minnesota at Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 8 PHILADELPHIA (ss) 1:05 p.m.
         Pittsburgh at Bradenton (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 9 PITTSBURGH 1:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 10 Detroit at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 11 ATLANTA 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 12 Washington at Melbourne TBD
Sat., Mar. 13 BALTIMORE (ss) 1:05 p.m.
        Detroit at Lakeland (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 14 Pittsburgh at Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 15 Off Day
Tue., Mar. 16 HOUSTON 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 17 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 18 TAMPA BAY 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 19 DETROIT (ss) 1:05 p.m.
        Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte (ss) 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 20 Houston at Kissimmee TBD
Sun., Mar. 21 DETROIT 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 22 Philadelphia at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 23 Off Day
Wed., Mar. 24 WASHINGTON 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 25 Baltimore at Sarasota TBD
Fri., Mar. 26 PHILADELPHIA 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 27 Detroit at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 28 DETROIT 1:05 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 29 Baltimore at Sarasota TBD
Tue., Mar. 30 TORONTO (ss) 7:05 p.m.
        Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista (ss) TBD
Wed., Mar. 31 MINNESOTA 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 1 Toronto at Dunedin 1:05 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 2 BALTIMORE 1:05 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 3 YANKEES FUTURE STARS 1:05 p.m.


UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Here’s the official word on that Yankees Future Stars game.

It’s going to be between the big league Yankees and the upper-level minor leaguers, guys who were just cut out of big league camp and some Double-A guys who are on the fringe of making the Triple-A team. It will be played at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

If you’re like me and really enjoy the player development side of baseball, you should be excited for that game. Even if you only care about the big league club, that game should provide a look at the guys who will be coming and going to help the major league roster throughout the year. That’s a pretty cool way to wrap up spring training.

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Wang does his little turn on the catwalk11.30.09

The deadline for the teams to tender contracts to players is Dec. 12, which means that Chien-Ming Wang’s tenure with the Yankees may well have only days remaining. The last person I spoke with about Wang indicated that the Yankees are still discussing their options – and remember, Brian Cashman does love to have pitching depth – but are leaning towards letting Wang go. Obviously there is still time before a final call has to be made.

(Yes, the deadline for offering arbitration is Dec. 1 and we’ll have a post on that later on today. This doesn’t apply to Wang — only to free agents like Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady and Andy Pettitte.)

Anyway, Wang is back in Taiwan and – thanks to our loyal reader Grace – we know that he recently attended a charity event benefiting schools that were damaged by a recent typhoon. The best part? The event was in a fashion show format!

Yes, Wang did the catwalk. And the red carpet.

Personally, I think he looks great. The scarf, in particular, is a nice touch.

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In praise of the Captain11.30.09

Considering the discussion in the first post of the day, it seems somehow fitting that Derek Jeter officially was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year earlier this morning.

Jeter passed Lou Gehrig to become the all-time Yankees hits leader this season and led the Yankees to their 27th World Series title, fifth of his career. He has also continued to be the model superstar, staying out of trouble away from the field, while having continued success on it. As we’ve seen, that’s no small thing.

Was he the best choice for the award? You certainly could have made a good case for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and for Roger Federer as well. I thought it would have been nice to see Eunice Kennedy Shriver as a posthumous Sportswoman of the Year, since her work to literally create the Special Olympics was fantastic (she passed away in August).

You still can’t go wrong with Jeter. His presence, both with the Yankees and within the game of baseball, is truly something special and in a time when more and more stars see their accomplishments waylaid by trouble, Jeter is one of the few who consistently stays the course. That’s pretty impressive.

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The (not so) secret lives of men11.30.09

By this point, I think we all know about what happened to Tiger Woods over the holiday. It’s been debated, discussed, rumored and dissected. Everyone has an opinion on what happened. Personally, I think it might have been something like this. Either way, that isn’t what I want to talk about.

What I want to talk about is this: Privacy.

Whenever an athlete is involved in a not-so-positive story that is initially murky and requires some reporting to be fully fleshed out, I get some (many?) emails from readers complaining about the nosy and intrusive media. It happened during the A-Rod divorce story and it even happened during the whole Carl Pavano-crashed-his-car-with-a-girl-in-it story.

Now, it’s Woods. Some people believe we should simply accept the accident for whatever Woods says it is – which, if we’re being honest, sure doesn’t make all that much sense – and move on. Not dig a little. Not make sure his fans around the world get the full story. That’s a perfectly valid opinion to have. I just don’t happen to agree with it.

I could write a very (very) long-winded explanation of why I think it’s OK to pursue stories like this one but the general essence of my reasoning is this: You don’t only get to be famous on the good days.

Athletes, particularly the biggest stars, are afforded many wonderful things because of their fame. The press they receive, and in turn, their popularity and notoriety, is what allows them to have the impact that they do on fans like you. They are, in so many ways, not like the average person and often that’s a positive thing: It gets them free stuff, lots of money and the devotion of many. If a friend of mine decides he wants to raise money to try and encourage kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol, he can have a fundraiser and work REALLY hard to get a few people there and raise a few thousand bucks. If Derek Jeter wants to do the same thing – which he does very, very well and is one of the reasons he won this award today – he can raise millions. That’s what fame can do. Without that fame – that attention – Jeter is just like my fundraising friend.

Thing is, nothing in life is perfect. And one of the imperfect parts of fame is that you can’t control what people want to pay attention to within your existence. If you’re on stage, the audience gets to see all of you – not only the good parts. The reality is that pro athletes like Woods (and A-Rod and Miguel Cabrera, for that matter) are on stage, for better and worse.

Privacy, of course, is a changing concept in the internet age and that’s a discussion for another day, but for now the question is this: Do athletes deserve the same privacy that “regular” people (hopefully) get?

I know this is an issue that has people on both sides and, as we wait for the Hot Stove to heat up a little, I thought it might be good to hone in on the debate. Feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts and/or post here in the comments.

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Looking back at the 2009 trades11.29.09

Has today been a slow day for everyone else, too? Maybe I’m still reeling from all the turkey, but my day has been nothing but television nonsense, a few Bob Dylan albums and plans for a Chinese food dinner.

In the spirit of more exciting days to come, let’s look back. At this point, I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see Brian Cashman pull off a Nick Swisher-type three-for-one trade to open some spots on the 40-man, so let’s look back at the Yankees 2009 trades. A some point next week we might add to this list.

February 2: LHP Chase Wright to the Brewers for C/OF Eric Fryer
Why? Because Wright had been designated for assignment and Fryer seemed to (possibly) have a little bit of upside as an older prospect.
Good move? Small move but a good one. Wright won nine games in the Pacific Coast League but ultimately became a free agent without ever geting to Milwaukee. Fryer didn’t do much in High-A Tampa but was part of the Eric Hinske trade.

March 22: Cash (money, not Kevin) to the White Sox for C Chris Stewart
Why? Because Stewart was terrific as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s regular catcher the year before. Also, Francisco Cervelli was set to open in Double-A and catching depth can be vital.
Good move? Yep. Catching depth proved important as both Cervelli and Kevin Cash wound up catching in the big leagues, and Stewart once again had a terrific season in Triple-A. It would have been nice to see P.J. Pilittere get more Triple-A at-bats, but Stewart’s a great player to have around, especially with all of those good young arms on the Triple-A staff.

March 28: RHP Jason Jones to the Twins for RHP Charles Nolte
Why? Because Jones was a returned Rule 5 pick who had no place to pitch in the Yankees organization, and Nolte had a 2.00 career ERA in two minor league seasons.
Good move? Sure. Neither pitched especially well — ERAs above 5.00 for both — but at least Nolte is younger. Jones deserved a shot at Triple-A and he wasn’t going to get it with the Yankees.

May 16: RHP Eric Hacker to the Pirates for RHP Romulo Sanchez
Why? Because Hacker had been designated for assignment and trading him was better than losing him on waivers (which is exactly what happened to Steven Jackson a few days later). Sanchez had a big arm and some big league experience.
Good move? Absolutely. Hacker pitched pretty well and got to the big leagues, but he was ultimately outrighted off the Pirates roster. Sanchez, meanwhile, came into his own when he moved into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation and was added to the Yankees 40-man. As far as DFA trades go, this could hardly have worked any better.

June 24: RHP Jose Veras to the Indians for Cash (money, not the general manager)
Why? Because Veras had been designated for assignment after a 5.96 ERA.
Good move? At least the Yankees got something for Veras. I had honestly forgotten all about him until working on this post. He pitched a little better for the Indians — 4.38 ERA — but it’s hard to imagine Veras playing any sort of role for the Yankees in the second half.

June 30: RHP Casey Erickson and C/OF Eric Fryer to the Pirates for OF/3B Eric Hinske
Why? Because the Yankees wanted to improve their bench, and the cost of two Class-A players didn’t seem too high a price to pay.
Good move? Probably. Fryer moved back to catcher after spending his brief time with the Yankees as a left fielder, but it was Erickson who was the prize of the deal for the Pirates. He had a 1.17 ERA with 32 strikeouts and only six walks in 38.1 innings with Low-A West Virginia. Erickson pitched well, but Hinske played a role in giving the Yankees their 27th championship, and that was the point of making the trade. Unless Erickson becomes a stud, the move was well worth it for the Yankees.

July 29: Cash (money, not Tango’s partner) to the Rockies for RHP Jason Hirsh
Why? Because the Triple-A team suddenly needed another starting pitcher. It was initially thought to be a PTBNL deal, but Mark Newman told me recently that the Yankees sent money to complete the trade.
Good move? Yes. Once a big name prospect, Hirsh had struggled through injuries and had terrible numbers before coming to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he pitched well for the Yankees. He’s still in the organization — I have no idea how he’s not a free agent, but he’s not — and he could pitch his way back to the big leagues if he continues to rebound.

July 31: C Chase Weems to the Reds for INF Jerry Hairston Jr.
Why? Because Cody Ransom struggled, Ramiro Pena is young and Angel Berroa isn’t very good. Also the Yankees have a ton of catching prospects, losing one didn’t hurt.
Good move? Hairston got a pie to the face, started a playoff game and improved the Yankees bench. Weems hit .197 for Class-A Dayton. So, yeah, good move.

August 7: Cash (money, not another lame joke) to the Padres for RHP Chad Gaudin
Why? Because Sergio Mitre was the Yankees fifth starter and Josh Towers had been temporarily brought up to give the Yankees a long reliever.
Good move? Not a huge move, but a very good one. Although he played a limited role in the playoffs, Gaudin pitched well down the stretch and could play a role next year.

August 31: (Something) to the Orioles for OF Freddy Guzman
Why? Because Guzman is very, very fast.
Good move? Guess so. Proving that roster rules are for suckers, Guzman made the Yankees postseason roster. His role was extremely minimal, but he was there and that’s got to count for something. The deal was initially announced as a trade for either cash or a player to be named. I don’t remember ever reading that it was finalized, but I’m betting a small amount of money went to the Orioles. I’ll try to remember to ask about it. I can’t imagine the Yankees giving up anything significant.

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Sportsman of the Year announced tomorrow11.29.09

On Monday, Sports Illustrated will announce its Sportsman of the Year. The decision has become relevant around here because of a brief, vague report on Gawker saying Derek Jeter will be the choice. It’s hard to put a ton of faith into a two-sentence story that’s based on a email, but it makes some sense.

Usain Bolt, Jimmie Johnson and Tim Tebow stand out to me as strong candidates, but Jeter would be a nice choice. In a sport that’s seen its share of negative stories for the past decade or so, Jeter remains an absolute positive. Outside of Boston, he seems to be a player who’s generally liked and respected throughout the country, and this season was one of his personal bests. And, of course, it ended with a championship.

If I may add one other Yankee to the list of candidates, what about Alex Rodriguez? I’d probably rather see Jeter get the honor, but Rodriguez seems emblematic of how far an athlete can fall and how high he can rise in the span of a single year. I think he’d be an interesting choice.

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World Series artifacts on display in Cooperstown11.28.09

Here’s the press release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – As the New York Yankees celebrate their record 27th World Series championship, treasures from the baseball’s most memorable moments from the 2009 postseason are now on display in the Autumn Glory exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.

Following the Yankees’ World Series-clinching win on Nov. 4, the Museum acquired nearly a dozen artifacts from the both the Bronx Bombers and the Phillies. Artifacts donated by the Yankees from the 105th World Series include:

• Hideki Matsui’s Game 6 bat, when the World Series MVP drove in a Fall Classic record-tying six runs.
• Mariano Rivera’s postseason cap, when Rivera saved five of the Yankees’ 11 wins and posted a 0.56 ERA.
• Derek Jeter’s Game 6 bat; Jeter hit .407 in the World Series with five runs scored.
• Andy Pettitte’s World Series cap; Pettitte was 2-0 in the World Series, 4-0 in the 2009 postseason and was the winning pitcher in all three of the Yankees’ series-clinching victories.
• Johnny Damon’s spikes from his Game 4 double steal; Damon hit .364 in the World Series with six runs scored.
• Jorge Posada’s catcher’s mask from the postseason; Posada drove in five runs in the World Series.
• Jose Molina’s catcher’s mask from the postseason.
• Suzyn Waldman’s scorecard from Game 6; Waldman became the first woman to broadcast a World Series game when she served as a Yankees’ radio broadcaster during the 2009 Fall Classic.

Additional items from the New York Yankees World Series title may be added to the exhibit in the coming weeks. In addition to these treasures, the exhibit also features other items from the 2009 postseason, including:

• The cap worn by Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee during the postseason; Lee was 4-0 in five starts in the postseason with a 1.56 ERA.
• The No. 46 jersey worn by Andy Pettitte during Game 6 of the ALCS, when Pettitte set a record with 16 postseason victories. It was the second of three series-clinching wins for Pettitte in this postseason.
• The first ball to come out of play during Game 1 of the World Series, which was the first Fall Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium and a game which featured Cliff Lee’s 10-strikeout performance in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory.
• A bat used by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley during the World Series, when he tied a record with five World Series home runs.

The 2009 World Series exhibit in Autumn Glory will be on display through the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason.

The Museum collections contain many artifacts documenting the entire history of World Series and postseason play, including Don Larsen’s cap and Yogi Berra’s mitt from Larsen’s 1956 perfect game; Bill Mazeroski’s (1960) and Joe Carter’s (1993) bats from their Series-ending blasts; and World Series rings from the last century of Fall Classic competition.

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Report: Selig stepping down after 201211.28.09

According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, baseball commissioner Bud Selig plans to step down at the end of his current contract, which runs through the 2012 season. That deadline is three years away, but as it approaches, the job will become one of the running stories in all of baseball. Selig was involved in some of the most significant changes in the game’s history, as well as some of the games brightest and darkest moments.

By they way, tip of the hat to MLBTradeRumors for pointing the way to Rogers’ story.

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